I don’t consider myself old, exactly, but I am at the age when I’ve begun to notice some changes that I’ve always associated with, well, old people.
Like aching joints. Wanting to go to sleep at 7:30 in the evening. And forgetting. Lots of forgetting…
So I was both heartened and fascinated by some new research by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabe Radvansky that shows that doorways – not aging – may be responsible for those times that I’ve walked into a room and completely forgotten why.
C’mon. You know what I’m talking about.
Turns out that the brain considers doorways “event boundaries” and files away information, separating episodes of activity into different compartments, making it difficult to retrieve a decision or thought that was created in a different room.
Makes sense to me.
Now if only I could find research showing that wanting to eat dinner at 4:30 is a sign of superior intelligence, not aging…